The third and final fight for the Showtime portion of the joint-telecast with CBS for Elite XC: "Unfinished Business" on July 26 was made official today during a conference call.
Brazilian light heavyweight and Team Nogueira member, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (6-1), will face his toughest test to date under the Elite XC banner when he locks horns with Travis "The Gladiator" Galbraith (15-5).
Galbraith is a Canadian native and a six fight King of the Cage veteran. He also made an appearance at Pride 32: "The Real Deal" albeit in a second round technical knockout loss to Kazuhiro Nakamura. "The Gladiator" won nine of his first 12 professional fights -- the three losses were to Joe Doerkson, Jonathan Goulet and George St. Pierre.
Nothing to be ashamed of there.
The Canadian comes into this fight having won his last two bouts, one of which was redemption for a previous loss to a very tough Nick Hinchilffe (8-1) while fighting for King of the Cage. There's no doubt he's faced some decent competition, but "Feijao" will certainly provide one of the most dangerous challenges of his career ... at least since his loss to Nakamura.
This is somewhat of a clash of styles. Galbraith likes to finish is fights with submissions (he's had 10 of those) and "Feijao" likes to knockout people (he has five of those). Either way, both guys like to finish and this one will more than likely not go the distance.
"Feijao" is perhaps most known for his training partners -- UFC champions Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva -- among others. But recently he's been proving he doesn't belong in anyone's shadow. His past two fights have been brutal first round destructions of John Doyle and Wayne Cole, at "Street Certified" in February and "Return of the King" in June, respectively.
Any fight involving Rafael is one that I'm interested in watching. Let's hope Galbraith is up to the challenge on July 26 in Stockton, California.